Malang Tempo Doeloe Museum has been declared the best privately owned museum in Indonesia in October 2015. The recognition was announced by the Culture and Education Ministry's director general for culture, Kacung Marijan.
The museum invites visitors to trace the history of the city. The museum opened three years ago in 2012 and became a popular destination for students and foreign tourists. This museum is a hands-on affair; visitors can touch prehistoric stone tools and make terracotta figures like those from the Majapahit era.
One can put on the clothes of Javanese nobility, paint masks and act out puppet shows. Visitors can look at a life-size model of president Sukarno at the 1947 Central National Committee of Indonesia (KNIP) Congress in Malang.
In addition to the best museum award, Dwi Cahyono - the owner of the museum - has also been recognized as the best cultural heritage preserver in the country alongside four other public figures. Malang itself received an award as a museum-preserving city (source: Jakarta Post; http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/03/malang-tempo-doeloe-museum-named-best-museum.html).
Opening hours and admission fee Museum Tempo Doeloe Malang
Daily: 08.00 - 17.00
Admission fee: IDR 25,000
Address Museum Tempo Doeloe
Jl. Gajah Mada no. 2, just behind the town hall